Since using terrorism around children is a teachers’ union and Walz administration specialty, we take a closer look. The hospitalization numbers are the usual fake news, and I will expose the true nature of those admissions, which largely involve incidental positive tests.
1. All data is taken from the Minnesota Weekly Report, available here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/stats/index.html. The Minnesota Weekly Report lists cumulative totals for tests on Page 9, and for hospitalizations and deaths on Page 22. These cumulative totals are tabulated each week and differences are taken to plot the weekly changes. This week the cases chart was switched from a reported basis, to a specimen collection date basis, now matching the overall age structure charts published on this web site. The cases data is taken from the data file wagscd.csv available from the Weekly Report web site https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/stats/index.html.
2. All data is on a date reported basis except cases, which are on an actual date of event basis. Cases are retroactively updated as new data becomes available.
3. Fig. 1: Reported testing was sharply lower this week for the young age groups.
4. Fig. 2: Cases in the young age groups have all dropped fairly equally from last week’s record highs. Because of reporting lags last week’s drop in cases was erased, becoming a new record high in cases. Cases are the only data in this series that is by date of event, not date of report.
5. Fig. 3: ICU hospital admissions in the young age groups decreased to a total of 11, however the 0-4 age group made up 8 of these admissions.
6. Fig. 4: Non-ICU admissions were slightly lower, at a total of 105 admissions for the week. The 0-4 age group had the highest number of admissions at 39, followed by the 15-19 age group at 36.
7. Fig. 5: Total ICU and Non-ICU admissions were slightly lower for the week.
8. Fig. 6: Deaths in children reported by Minnesota remain very rare. No Covid deaths were reported this week in these age groups.